25 Easter Eggs You'll Want to Find Inside Disney's New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Ride
You’re bound to expect frightening drops, chaotic thrills and laughs on behalf of Rocket Raccoon from the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction at Disneyland, but trust that your wait in line will be anything but boring. The ride building, which serves as the fortress of Taneleer “The Collector” Tivan, is bursting with vintage Disney props and Marvel weaponry, including some that may be in films that aren’t even out yet.
Though the attraction exists in its own “universe,” separate from the comics and films, there are intriguing Marvel items throughout the Fortress, like Kree artifacts, the Warlock’s Eye and an audio-animatronic Cosmo test dog. Yet, it’s further into the queue where things get interesting. Tivan’s two offices and the gantry lift deck are packed with so many secret Marvel Easter eggs that — unless you’re seeking them out in the dimly lit rooms — you’d never know they exist.
There aren’t just delights for comic book aficionado. Plenty of odes to vintage Disneyland rides, including its predecessor the Tower of Terror, are tucked inside, too. As the story goes, Tivan likes to collect items from across the galaxy — which includes Disney parks, of course — and secret nods to older attractions and characters is also a Disney tradition.
We’re certain we didn’t find them all of the hidden gems and unbelievable surprises within Tivan’s collection but we did find quite a few — enough to send you back through the ride a few times over.
Harold the Yeti
Disneyland fanatics will immediately recognize this towering beast as Harold the Yeti, who previously frightened guests inside the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Prosthetic Leg Sighting
Just barely visible in the upper portion of Taneleer Tivan’s office is an easter egg straight from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. The grey metal piece located in the center is the same type of prosthetic leg Rocket Raccoon makes Peter Quill retrieve during the prison breakout scene.
Crimson Bands of Cytorrak
Doctor Strange fans will instantly recognize this artifact as the Crimson Bands of Cytorrak. This restraint entrapped Kaecilius during his fight with Stephen Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror may be gone, but it is definitely not forgotten within the Mission: BREAKOUT! queue. In one of Tivan’s offices, there is a hang tag from the fabled Hollywood Tower Hotel tucked between books, and in the other, a hidden bellhop hat.
Vita-Ray Meter from Captain America
The collector also owns a Stark Industries Vita-Ray meter, known for measuring the radiation levels of the chamber that caused Steve Rogers’ transformation into Captain America.
Retro Minnie Mouse Figurine
You won’t just find Marvel delights within the new California Adventure ride. It’s not quite a hidden Mickey, but this Minnie Mouse figurine in Tivan’s cabinetry is a Schylling retro collection tin wind-up toy in 1930’s dress.
Marvel Hydra Disc
This disc features the symbol of Hydra, the villainous organization featured throughout Marvel films, television shows and comic books.
Hydra Assault Rifle
You can also find a Hydra assault rifle within The Collector’s office in Mission: BREAKOUT!, located on one of the higher shelves.
Tower of Terror Bottles
This set of etched glass liquor bottles on Tivan’s bookshelf were repurposed from Disney California Adventure’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror queue.
Epcot's Figment the Imagination Dragon
It’s quickly becoming the ride’s worst-kept secret, but tucked inside that strange purple case is an Epcot fanatic’s favorite creature: Figment the imagination dragon. Look all the way up while in the Fortress portion of the Guardians queue to catch it.
Hydra Soldier Helmet
Even if you’re distracted by your excitement for Mission: BREAKOUT!, it’s tough to miss the Hydra soldier helmet on The Collector’s bookshelf, as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger.
What looks like an ordinary book is upon closer investigation a nod to a legendary Disney designer. Rohde, otherwise known as Joe Rohde, is the Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive for the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission: BREAKOUT! Attraction, as well as the man behind much of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
Sakaarans and Yondu's Helmets
That epic face-off between Yondu’s arrow and the Sakaarans in Guardians of the Galaxy could be how Tivan got his hands on their helmets.
ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter Letterhead
The letterhead of this note found on Tivan’s desk is a nod to X-S Tech, an alien corporation featured in the Magic Kingdom’s long-shuttered ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Asgardian Skiff Model
Though its gilded touches and shape look more like a shoe, this is a golden model of an Asgardian Skiff, the hovercraft seen in the Asgard attack scenes of Thor: The Dark World.
Disconnected Audio-animatronic Head
Each of Taneleer Tivan’s offices contains a disconnected head of an audio-animatronic, likely used in now-shuttered attractions at Disneyland Park. We’re unsure of which exact one this may be, but don’t doubt Disneyphiles will figure it out soon.
Vintage Disneyland Maps
There are also retro Disneyland maps in Tivan’s two offices. This 1962 fun map, which is displayed upside down, shows the original Disneyland Hotel and its surround areas.
Disneyland Maps from the 1960s
The other vintage Disneyland map features the upper section of the park from the early ‘60s, with the Disneyland Railroad and Tomorrowland Autopia on prominent display.
Tower of Terror Book
It may look like the kind of book Stephen Strange would delve into, but this Latin hardcover edition is actually from the original Tower of Terror library scene.
This massive metallic Necroblaster is an energy weapon used primarily by the Sakaarans as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Another prized possession of The Collector? Loki’s very own knife.
Tower of Terror Paintings
Though hard to see, the packed rafter of the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride contains a few Disney relics. On the right side, slightly hidden underneath a tarp, are two paintings from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Country Bear Vacation Hoedown's Delores
Long-time Disney fans will also notice something familiar about the octopus in front of the paintings, too. It’s Delores from Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, a popular attraction at Disneyland that closed in 2001.
The loading area of the Guardians attraction is the best place to find hidden Easter Eggs from Tower of Terror. This photograph, which was previously on the ground floor of the boiler room queue, is now on the upper loading deck, taped inside the second locker door.
Doctor Strange Figurine
Take a glance down at the ground floor props before being assigned to a row for a double dose of surprises. This figurine is said to be from the previous Tower of Terror queue, but its tag references Kamar-Taj, the fictional location where Doctor Strange receives his training.